MEDICINAL USES OF TULSI PLANT - KNOW MORE ABOUT TULASI MALA
Other medicinal uses, supported by studies conducted across the subcontinent, of tulsi include treating asthma, arthritis and heart problems. According to Globinmed.com, "The essential oil (of tulsi) has been found to have antibacterial, anti-yeast and insecticidal action. The seeds and oil have also been found to show mild antibiotic effects."Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), commonly known as Holy Basil, is an herb indigenous to South Asia. Tulsi's healing attributes have been documented or centuries, and it remains the core of Ayurveda (India's herbal medicine). Tulsi has long been one of the most common medicinal plants used in India, though the West is just waking up to its powers. Cosmetic companies have recognized its bactericidal attributes and now use it in a wide array of beauty products.
Steven Maimes talks about the uses and benefits of Holy Basil in an article about his ongoing research for Salam Research, an independent company in Rochester, N.H. Published in November 2004, Maimes says Tulsi "reduces eczema and psoriasis ... and helps skin diseases like leprosy and staph infection." With its antibacterial properties, Tulsi flushes out dangerous toxins and regenerates skin.
Tulsi contains ursolic acid, a compound that prevents wrinkles and helps retain the elasticity prevalent in young faces. No wonder Tulsi became an instant hit with the beauty industry and a prime ingredient in herbal cosmetics, including face packs, creams and many other products. For fresh and youthful skin, mix Tulsi powder (available online) with water and apply to your face. Once dried, rinse your face thoroughly with water.
Beauty and Restoration:
Tulsi enhances beauty; many Indian women make it a part of their daily beauty ritual. Applying Tulsi powder removes spots from your face. For natural freshness, boil water with Tulsi leaves and lemon juice. Cover your head with owel and refresh your face with the emanating steam.
Tulsi cleanses and purifies the blood. Hecapedia recommends using Tulsi paste to treat acne. A homemade cure of Tulsi paste helps people with leucoderma.
Other Uses of tulsi:
Referred to as an "elixir of life," Tulsi has a long and varied history. Drinking tea or a decoction imbued with stress-resilient Tulsi calms the mind and body. Extensively used in Ayurveda, Tulsi juice heals respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis, excessive cough and fever. Tulsi can help lower cholesterol and protect heart and blood vessels.
Gargle with Tulsi and warm water to relieve a sore throat. In Ayurveda, a paste of tulsi and black pepper treats ringwormTulsi's beneficial compounds, which work together to "promote general health."